A Diary's House is about adventure, lost love, and the hope that dreams, even those in the final years of life, can at last prevail. It is of a young boy’s attempt to become a man, the once-lost secrets of a diary, a sweeping romance which transcends time and place. It is more than a boy’s journey into manhood, but the mysteries of so many lives unknowingly intertwined, now brought together in a climatic ending; all from the engrossing world embedded in a forgotten diary; a diary of a woman.
Born in the vast and looming mountains of North Carolina during the 1870’s, Landon Hampshire always remembered the folklore and legendary tales his father told him during his early childhood; about the people of the Kituhwa (Cherokee) and the birth of this tribal nation – an enchanting story he could never forget. Incorporating the aid of an eccentric old French trapper (old man Montague), Landon and his friends set out on an adventure, their initial intention is to discover treasure and become men. But what Landon will eventually come to discover is more than he ever bargained for.
Landon didn't realize his boyhood adventure would yield the incredible journey he ultimately experiences - going down the mysterious and mystical Randola River. At the base of the river is an island even more mysterious than the Randola itself.
The island releases many of its mysterious, yet even many more are created when Landon discovers, on the island, a diary of a young woman who lived forty years prior during the 1830’s (Trail of Tears). The diary entries are hopeful, though haunting. It reveals, in intimate detail, the life and dreams of this very special young girl who is turning into a woman of beauty and adventure, her love for a Cherokee boy, and the trials she will ultimately face. Her story unfolds through the reading of her diary, and Landon suddenly finds himself caught up in a sweeping, empowering world of re-invention and ultimate redemption.
' Before I began reading ‘A Diary’s House’, I really didn’t know what to expect. I suppose the best way to describe it is, like anything you read, you make it personal for yourself. Well, that is the way it was for me. When reading this book and coming to the ending, I thought of my very first love when I was fifteen. I was young then (I am now in my fifties, a single mom of a twenty-three year old son) and I can’t tell you how much this novel made me remember a time so long ago, brought me to emotions I thought were lost or forgotten. This novel moved me to remember that time, and I never thought I would ever read a novel which would make me feel the way that this novel made me feel.
Frankly, it was an emotional experience. And not having any real expectations before I began reading it made it that much more powerful in the end. I thought about Landon Hampshire (the main character) and his journey, much more for the emotional and spiritual journey than going down the Randola River as he did. This was simply an antidote for the real heart in the story.
You won’t be disappointed in the end. I promise you. Everyone dreams of having real, true love, and ‘A Diary’s House’ delivers in every way on this element. The emotional impact drew me to tears, and made me weep for a boy and his grandmother, and how they took this journey, in some respects together - in a very, very special way. It was truly a moving experience unlike any novel I have read.
If you really want to read a true, true, true love story – read this book. It will have you thinking about life in a whole new way when you are done…'
Christopher David Murphy is the author of two Shakespearean-style genre plays 'In the Years of the Ages' and 'Hildengrass'. He is currently finalizing his next novel, 'When Tomorrow Never Comes' and 'The Chronicles of Good and Evil – The Darkest Tower/Dracula’s Lair', both due out in 2012. Also, the sequel to 'A Diary’s House' is in the works – 'The Long Journey Home' due out the first part of 2013. For more information please contact us at : firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
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Print Length: 478 pages
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Publisher: Digital Publishing Expert (July 30, 2012)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. from Promotional Book Tours/
What a great book, in plays in the early 1900's in North Carolina. It tells you about a boy called Landon and his family and friends. They are convinced that to proof they become man to do a very dangerous river trip. it is a wild river with a waterfall drop. They do have help from a man building their float who appeared later to be a ghost. A insane priest is around and he is so weird and sort of funny in a way too.
You learn about Cherokee history and the trail of tears, when they make the dangerous trip over the river and the dump down the waterfall, they end up on a beautiful island that is clearly haunted at night, Landon finds a diary and reads about a little girl and her life story, how she felt in love with a Cherokee boy, a mutual love but her father did everything he had to do to keep her away from this boy.
The girls is closer to Landon then he thinks, when he finds out more and more he does everything in his power to make things right. A lot of people are after him to get the diary off him and he is in serious danger.
Landon finds a lovely girl when his dad gives the yearly day for the workers on his farm, you will find in this book, romance, adventure, paranormal , history and more, it is a great build up of characters and I honestly hope I will read more about them (hint to writer lol)
I have to say this book was pretty amazing and it's only $0.99 right now for a whole lotta book! A Diary's House has everything. History, the paranormal, mystery - it was huge but it was fantastic. Like I said the book is big but good, the kind of book you cozy up next to the fire and lose yourself. Once I started it sucked me in and I had to know what happened next.
A Diary's House has a unique story line and I really enjoyed the Cherokee legends, that was a nice touch. I truly think this book has something for everyone!
This book was a beautiful quilt of love, family, history and legend, sewn together with the thread of a coming-of-age adventure. The characters were engaging, and the diary wistfully evocative. The prose was deep and insightful. The author winds together all these threads into an engaging and sweet story. I reviewed this book as part of a promotional tour, and this is my honest review.
Historical novels are some of the most interesting ones for me to read. I love having a glimpse into life as it was in the past and A Diary's House was a fascinating read for that reason. A Diary's House is really so much more than a love story. The Native American legends included in the book were particularly interesting and when you added in mystery, ghosts, pirates and folklore, it definitely captured my interest. Don't expect to breeze through this book quickly, it's an in depth read but well worth it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
C. David incorporates Cherokee Legends within this captivating historical romance which impressed me. While "A Diary's House" is not a fast read, you will have a hard time putting it down. The characters and plot were well written with plenty of adventure.
This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
A Diary's House: Where True Loves Endures I have to say, after reading the dedication; it was difficult for me to pick up this book. My heart hurt for the Author. I found this book to be very descriptive and detailed. Almost as if the details were as important as the storyline. As for the storyline, I enjoyed it. The way he mixed in Cherokee lore with historical fiction really was great. The way he told of the boy becoming a man and the intensity and mixture of plots was interesting. On the whole, once I got started, it was fun to read. I felt it was a story influenced by Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson with a great love story and background for the set up. It was a bit long, but I feel it was due to the written attention to detail. If you enjoy historical adventure and romance, this will be the book for you. When all is said and done, I give it 4 stars.
I had a hard time getting into A Diary's House. I almost put it down more than once. It was worth the wait. Once the story unfolds it weaves a tale of folklore and love. I enjoyed the parts of the Cherokee and the lovely descriptions of North Carolina. Family secrets, love, and legend not to mention pirates and ghost. I give this one a thumbs up!
I received a Free copy of A Diary's house from Promotional Book Tours for a honest review.
At first I had a hard time starting this book but once I started I was captivated by the story and wanted to continue reading to find out how the story ended. It was a unique storyline that was well thought out and enjoyable to read. Kudos to C. David Murphy for creating this beautiful story!
Being raised in the mountains of North Carolina had a special influence on me. The dreams that invented these stories started there. Even at an early age, being all of six, my teachers saw the capacity in me to create stories with such depth - that they seemed to marvel at the tales which I wrote for my class assignments. While my devotion to and inspiration for writing continued to be strong through my teen age years, there was a force equally strong bearing it's influence. Parents! My Father in particular. Who was, understandably, not "over the moon" with the idea of his son pursuing a career as perilous and uncertain as a writer.
And so, finally I embarked on a financial career. With my bachelor's degree in accounting, I've spent the majority of my Adult life in both the retail and manufacturing industries. But I never stopped writing. Because that's what and who I am. There is no greater joy I've found on this earth than to create characters with true and genuine emotions, feel their heartbeat through every word I write; their trails, their hopes and ambitions; to breathe life into their eyes and see their souls become one with me and the reader.
It's my hope that when someone picks up my stories and reads the full weight of them, that somehow I've affected change in their lives, brought them to places they could never have imagined before, and moved them to believe in humanity again - to go out into the world and create "goodwill towards all".
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